Sizzling weekend weather smashes temperature records across BC

May 11 2020, 11:41 am

Last weekend’s warm weather wasn’t just seen around Metro Vancouver but across the entire province.

Sunshine and high temperatures took over most of British Columbia, breaking dozens of temperature records along the way.

Doug Lundquist, meteorologist for Environment Canada, tells Daily Hive that the warm weather was caused by a “ridge of high pressure” that was “perfectly situated, right along the coast range.”

Friday saw record-breaking temperatures in Squamish and Victoria. Squamish had a high of 27.9°C  and Victoria had a high of 24.3°C.

Saturday and Sunday is when the warm temperatures really kicked in, bringing dozens of records across the province.

Saturday saw records broken in Abbotsford, Aggazis, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Chilliwack, Gonzales, Kitimat, Pitt Meadows, Prince Rupert, Squamish, Stewart, Victoria, and White Rock.

Abbotsford and Squamish saw some of the warmest temperatures of the day, with highs of 28.6°C  and 29.5°C, respectively.

On Sunday, Metro Vancouver saw record temperatures alongside Abbotsford, Bella Bella, Comox, Courtenay, Esquimalt, Gonzales, Hope, Malahat, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert, Sandspit, Squamish, Metro Victoria, and White Rock.

Squamish, which saw three consecutive days of record-high temperatures, posted a high of 30.1°C. Metro Vancouver came in with a much lower temperature, with a high of 24.3°C.

“Saturday and Sunday saw records almost everywhere on the coast from Prince Rupert down to Metro Vancouver,” says Lundquist.

Don’t expect the warm temperatures to continue, however. Lunquist adds that the weekend was “pretty much the end of the record-breaking weather.”

“It’s breaking down today,” says the meteorologist. “There’s already showers on the radar.”

“The next couple of days are a chance of showers, thunderstorms, and wetting things up.”